8:00 PM EST
Celtics +5 over Wizards (2u)
I was initially planning on riding the home team all series in this one as the home team has absolutely dominated every game dating back to even the regular season, but this game has a very similar feel to the Spurs/Rockets game last night. Good veteran teams find a way to rise to the occasion when needed and the Celtics will be fired up to end this series tonight to avoid an “anything can happen” game 7 similar to how the Spurs did last night. In this post season home teams facing elimination are 0-10 straight up and while I’m not a big trend guy, I think that trend continues tonight. The Celtics are still talking among themselves about the bad losses they suffered in DC in Games 3 and 4 and they will be looking for redemption tonight on the home floor of a hated rival that has been very physical with them in this series. I know the conspiracy theorists will say the NBA wants a game 7 but I don’t buy into that at all. If anything, they would prefer to get the Eastern Conference Finals started as the Warriors/Spurs series begins Sunday. The Celtics are the more talented deeper team and the Wiz are going to have to play an almost perfect game to cover so I like our chances with the generous points and underdog Celtics in a game I think they win outright. Take Boston.